Mydan Ben Yoash last night responded to a different type of emergency than what he is used to seeing as a volunteer EMT. A local wedding hall manager posted on Facebook that a couple with special needs had expected some 300 people to attend their wedding and were disappointed when only 80 guests showed up. The manager asked for anyone available, to come and bring joy to the special couple on their special night. Ben Yoash alerted his local United Hatzalah team. They rapidly arranged a large group to attend the wedding and rejoice with the newlyweds.
Just half an hour later, guests began pouring into the wedding hall and within an hour there were close to 500 guests dancing and celebrating! The energy in the room was palpable as the modest ceremony transformed into a lively celebration. Ben Yoash watched as the groom’s father danced, and then suddenly swept up in the joyous enthusiasm of the moment the older gentleman collapsed in front of his eyes!
Ben Yoash quickly switched into medic mode, signaled his team into action and within 20 seconds the man was surrounded by a team of medical professionals ready to help. One of the medics ran to his ambucycle and grabbed a medical kit. The team brought the father to the side and began a full medical assessment. Under the team’s care, the father soon returned to himself and after fifteen minutes felt well enough to return to the joyous festivities.
Ben Yoash left the wedding, proud of his United Hatzalah unit and happy to be able to assist as caring neighbors and medical professionals. Mydan is a family man as well as a volunteer EMT. He lives in Ramle, is married with two children, and works as a bus driver with the Kavim bus company. He takes his medical kit with him wherever he goes in order to be able to provide emergency care to anyone who may need it in situations just like this one.
When President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer heard about the incident he was overjoyed. “I am so happy that volunteers from our organization were there to bring joy to the couple at this wedding and provide assistance to the father of the groom when he needed it. To have such a celebration end in a tragedy would be horrible, and I am happy that our family of volunteers was present in order to make sure that the family of newlyweds was cared for with the highest level of care possible. This is why we exist, and why we do what we do.”